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Future in 50 years? Can mankind progress without keyboard, paper and pencil and spreadsheet?

Posted on: September 25, 2014

Future in 50 years. Can mankind progress without keyboard, paper and pencil and spreadsheet? 

How do you see the future 50 years from now?

What will change for the 10 billion of our species?

For most of us, more than 9.5 billion, we still be using the technology that was used 50 years ago.

Even the richest people will use the same kind of chairs, desks, utensils, beds… with redesigns slightly different.

What has sustained its own grounds for thousands of years and proved its functionality does possess an inherent logic, a good base to keep using it.

If you visit “illustrious minds” and famous discoverers, even if they are now using top technologies, and most probably acquired for their assistants, there are sacred corners and rooms reserved for the purpose of inventing and creating.

Mainly, in these reserved corners and rooms you see papers and pencils, hand drawn sketches, notebooks, huge plans spread on walls and desks…

Do you think hard copy will vanish?

Do you believe paper and pencils and taking notes on notebooks will vanish? Not likely.

Many of the new technologies will vanish and the old ones will keep their ground.

Will the moon and Mars be colonized?

Maybe a few humans will be dispatched there, but the overwhelming billion of mankind will have earth as home.

Without a keyboard?

When the masses only connect to the net without a keyboard, who will be left to change the world?

It is possible but unlikely that someone will write a great novel on a tablet.

You can’t create the spreadsheet that changes an industry on a smart phone.

And professional programmers don’t sit down to do their programming with a swipe.

Many people are quietly giving away one of the most powerful tools ever created—the ability to craft and spread revolutionary ideas. Coding, writing, persuading, calculating—they still matter.

Yes, of course the media that’s being created on the spot, the live, the intuitive, this matters.

But that doesn’t mean we don’t desperately need people like you to dig in and type.

The trendy thing to do is say that whatever technology and the masses want must be a good thing.

But sometimes, what technology wants isn’t what’s going to change our lives for the better.

The public square is more public than ever, but minds are rarely changed in 140 character bursts and by selfies.

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